Something for kids of all ages to do at the Ashcroft Wellness Festival

Walk, run, sit, dance, swim, paint, build, learn, enjoy.

There will be something for kids of all ages at the Ashcroft Wellness Festival, July 19-21. The music on stage and in the street is sure to keep them entertained and hopping. Buskers will entertain young and old and several of the music-oriented events will involve participation. School-aged children will be well acquainted with zumba, as the gals who lead the classes in Cache Creek have been to all the schools in the district teaching and leading students in this fun dance exercise.

Paint a face, paint a rock, build a birdhouse, make a kite, paint on canvas, listen to a story or ride on a stagecoach. What to do first? Check out the Kids Zone for all these activities. For school-aged kids, there is a mini triathalon planned. Swim, ride a bike and run, with the emphasis on Try – athalon. If your child doesn’t swim well, they can still enter and use a paddle board. Organizers will need to ensure that if they ride a bicycle that they can manage it well enough and know how to stop. What a great event for the kids – thanks to Wayne Little for all his work on this one. Also, they are looking for parent volunteers to be spotters along the course. If you can help with this call Wayne Little or Vicky Trill.

Have you ever wondered how to make sushi or how to take amazing photos of your kids? Well, here is your chance to find out how to do it from the experts. Hiroko Kanamaru will be leading a workshop on how to make sushi and will set up at the Ashcroft Bakery. Kelly Tuohey’s photography workshop named “Momma’s Gonna Snap” will be held at St. Albans Hall.

The Japanese culture is well known for the art of paper folding called origami, and also for their brush writing. Learn how to do both and get your name written in beautiful Japanese script courtesy of Aki Kanamaru.

Wonder what kind of things you may have in your kitchen that may be used as natural medicines? This workshop is entitled the Kitchen Medicine Chest and will be very informative. The Yummy Mummy workshop will be a great way to find out how to make all kinds of yummy, healthy meals and snacks for the family.

Geocaching has become a very family-oriented activity and thanks to all the hard work of Gold Country and their geotourism program in Cache Creek, it has really put our area on the map. Geocaching is very fun, a real modern-day treasure hunt, which takes you to many interesting areas and provides healthy activity in the process. Twenty-five new caches have been placed around Ashcroft to coincide with the Wellness Festival and geocachers will have an opportunity to either get the new caches loaded onto their GPS’s Saturday morning or get a printed list of the caches complete with the coordinates.

The excitement is really starting to build now and as the word gets out we keep getting more calls from people who want to come to demonstrate and be a part of it all.

Watch for more information and the schedule of events to be published soon.

Andrea Walker

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